Well May is over and we're just all going to pretend that it isn't sort of terrifying that we're nearly half way through 2017 already because May being over means it's June and it being June means it is officially Read Women Month!!!
I've decided to bundle my May wrap up and RWM TBR into one post today because I didn't actually read very much in May and it just so happens that I've accidentally done two Read Women Months in a row! Never mind, ey?
Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
Flame in the Mist was a tricky one. It had its good points for sure but on the whole I really wasn't impressed. If you want to know more of my thoughts I did a full review on Blogger's Bookshelf this month.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
When Dimple Met Rishi on the other hand was out and out wonderful. I loved it completely and I highly recommend it if you're looking for a cute, summery romance read. I also reviewed this one on Blogger's Bookshelf if you want to know more about why I thought it was so great.
I Am Not Esther by Fleur Beale
I was actually sent I Am Not Esther as part of a traveling novel project! When I first looked at it I wasn't totally sure if it was going to be my kind of thing but I actually really enjoyed it and ended up reading the whole thing in a day. It's a story about a girl who is abandoned by her mother with incredibly religious relatives and it handles some pretty big issues in ways that felt really appropriately digestible for its intended age group. Also, Kirby (Not Esther) is a really great protagonist and I loved reading about her.
If you're interested in the book and want to take part in the project then you can find out more here and let me know if you want to be the person I send it to! (To be completely honest I would love for someone who lives in Europe to volunteer because of postage costs but I do have a couple of friends who are going to America in a few weeks and I can probably get them to post it for me when they get there if you live in the States. Or I can just suck it up and pay the postage. Let me know!)
Now onto my TBR for this year's Read Women Month! I'm erring on the side of caution with this TBR and going for a realistic goal. I'm already half way through Always and Forever, Lara Jean (which so far is absolutely living up to the adorableness of the first two books) and I don't think it will take me too much longer to finish.
Next I've chosen The Ladies of Grace Adieu, which is a collection of short stories set in the same world as Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, a novel I read last year and really enjoyed.
Then I've chosen The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, which I am sure you will all have heard of because I seem to be one of the last people on the internet who hasn't read it yet and I am very much looking forward to rectifying that!
And finally The Other Half of Happiness by Ayisha Malik, which is the sequel to Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, which I actually read and reviewed for Read Women Month last year.
So that's my TBR! As always, I reserve the right to change it around as I see fit, but right now I'm very excited about all of these books and for this month in general! I'm especially excited about the #ReadWomenMonth instagram challenge, which has already had its first posts! Remember to let me know if you're joining in!